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Pair of Union City homicide victims were 14, 11 years old

Union City police said the two victims of an early Saturday morning shooting were juveniles, ages 11 and 14, killed as they sat inside a van parked near Searles Elementary School.

The shooting was reported about 1:30 a.m. in a parking lot at the school, in a residential neighborhood near Sherman and Colgate drives, according to Union City police.

The 14-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene; the other victim died en route to a local hospital, police said. Police said they will not release the victims’ names because they were minors.

No suspects have been arrested and police said that Sherman Drive, between Colgate Drive and 15th Street, would be closed for several hours for the investigation.

These were Union City’s first two homicides of 2019, police said.

Police have not ruled out the possibility that the incident was gang-related, and detectives are also investigating whether Saturday’s shooting are connected in any way to an incident early Wednesday morning in which two men near the intersection of Eighth and C Streets in Union City; those two men were treated for their injuries and released.

Anyone with information regarding the shooting is asked to call Detective Joshua Clubb at (510) 675-5227. Information can also be provided using the police tip line at (510) 675-5207, or emailing

Calls and email can be provided anonymously.

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